This category is about corporate social responsibility (CSR), a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The goal of CSR is to embrace responsibility for the company’s actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere.

SPECIAL SERIES: Building Healthier Communities

Microgrants Make Big Impacts for Local Communities

Grant-making programs let companies and foundations reach out to their communities and make a difference. But creating a resilient grant program takes work. We asked Aaron Dorfman, CEO and president of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, about the key points that potential grant-makers should know about launching their program.

Apple’s Ambitious Recycled Materials Goal

In a drastic departure from its prior policy, last week Apple became the first major IT company to commit to using only recycled materials. How exactly it will accomplish this lofty goal remains to be seen.

Gap Will Source 100 Percent Sustainable Cotton By 2021

Gap, Inc. — which includes Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy — plans to purchase all of its cotton from sustainable sources by 2021. The company says Better Cotton Initiative-certified fibers, organic cotton, recycled materials and cotton grown in the U.S. will comprise this supply chain strategy.

Adidas Walks Ocean Plastic Into New Shoe Lines

The athletic apparel giant Adidas plans to release yet another line of sneakers made from salvaged ocean plastic – and says it will manufacture 1 million pairs of upcycled shoes in the coming year.

Forced Labor Still Looms in IT, Food and Beverages

KnowTheChain takes a detailed look at the working conditions in the global supply chain in its second-annual report on forced labor. And while some companies are sticking to their commitment to eradicate forced labor and slavery in the tech, textile and food sectors, they still have a long way to go.

CVS Banishes Formaldehyde, Other Toxics From Cosmetics

CVS Pharmacy announced on Wednesday that it would be stripping certain toxic ingredients from its personal care products. It’s the latest manufacturer to acknowledge the push from consumers, advocacy groups and state agencies for companies to be more responsible in what they put in their care products.